Michèle Flournoy quoted in The Jerusalem Post article, “Ex-Biden security advisor: Sitting with Iran isn’t conceding ‘leverage’”

“Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense during the Obama administration, said that the Trump administration’s approach of maximum pressure ‘has [put] a lot of pressure on Iran, but it hasn’t created any path to the negotiating table.’ “‘There’s no way for them to get back into negotiations,’ she continued. ‘And …

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Bridge Colby quoted in The New York Times article, “U.S. Tries to Bolster Taiwan’s Status, Short of Recognizing Sovereignty”

“‘Taiwan is the most important thing from a military and credibility point of view,’ said Elbridge A. Colby, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development. Mr. Colby wrote the Trump administration’s national defense strategy, which emphasizes competition with China and Russia… “‘We need to change …

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Dan Shapiro quoted in The Washington Post article, “Inside the secret-not-secret courtship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates”

“During the administration of President George W. Bush, Israeli officials visiting Washington would hold secret hotel room meetings with the UAE’s influential ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, according to Dan Shapiro, who would later become a U.S. ambassador to Israel. Shapiro served on President Barack Obama’s National Security …

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